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TRINIDAD V. CANJA-STA.

TERESA NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL

SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL DEPARTMENT

POSITION PAPER ON LEGALIZING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IN THE


PHILIPPINES

A Requirement for the subject

ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PROFESSIONAL PURPOSES

Presented to

LARRY S. ERBITE
Subject Facilitator

By:

Prail John Sapio


Nicolete Tamson
11-Altair
These are the reasons why we DISAGREE in Legalizing Same-sex Marriage:

Same-sex marriage is defined as the union of two individuals of the same sex in
marital relationship with full legal rights and responsibilities given to this contract
in a specific jurisdiction. It is the subject of debate and controversy of numerous
experts as of today. The practice of homosexual marriage is not a recent event as it
has been around during the Greek and Roman periods. This type of marriage is only
limited to a minority of jurisdictions at a few countries in which it is available.
Countries in which same-sex marriage is allowed include Norway, South Africa,
France, England, and the most recent countries are Ireland and the United State of
America. Now there is a issue in whether Philippines should also legalize same-sex
marriage. Same-sex marriage should be prohibited in the Philippines as is it clearly
contradicts with its culture, especially as the country is dominated by the Catholic
religion and its teachings.

It is the common view for the society to see marriage between heterosexual couples.
Equality of rights is usually the argument of same-sex marriage supporters. They
believe that homosexual and lesbian couples should have the same rights of
marriage as those of heterosexual couples. Supporters of LGBT community have
argued that by giving them the right to marry promotes equality as the government
has finally recognized their rights, and thus dissolves discrimination.

The Philippines, however, is a Catholic country. Legalizing same-sex marriage here


clearly contradicts the teachings and doctrine of the Church. Rev. Fr. Jose Glicerio
Geremia defines marriage as the union of man and women. God Himself instituted
marriage by stating the man is made for women and women is made for man. In
Genesis 2:18-25, there are lines in which support it. “The Lord God said, ‘It is not
good for the man to be alone. I will make a companion for him who corresponds to
him.’” And there is also a line, “Then the man said, ‘This one at last is bone of my
bones and flesh of my flesh; this one would be called woman, for she was taken out
of man.’”

So when a man is married to a man or woman is married to woman, this violates the
Church’s doctrine. It will weaken the respect and value of marriage, since marriage
is considered sacred and almost every society views marriage as a union between
man and women only. Whereas same-sex marriage promotes partnership, it is not,
however, the normal type of partnership.

Fr. Geremia mentions that the main purpose of the said union or the marriage is for
men and women to produce offspring. Therefore, in this sense, same-sex marriage
is not beneficial as homosexual and lesbian couples are incapable of reproduction
and cannot be considered as a full-fledged family. Even with the choice of adoption,
or having surrogate mothers or sperm donors, it is still not the same case.
Then there is the concept of family. Families are commonly composed of a father, a
mother and a child or children. Although LGBT supporters argue that what children
need are not biological male or female parents but the masculine and feminine roles
of the parents. Most of the Filipinos are Catholics and they are usually family-
oriented. In their perspective, having this kind of marriage would break their
Filipino values.

Then there is the issue regarding of the acceptance of the Filipinos to same-sex
couples. A survey conducted by Rappler shows the seventy percent (70%) of the
Filipino population “strongly disagrees” with the legalization of the said marriage.
This shows the fact that most citizens of the Philippines are not yet ready for it and
that they clearly disapprove.

“The Church says that homosexuals should be treated with love and respect, but
redefining the natural and divine institution of marriage is simply something we are
not able to do,” these are the words of Father Marcos Gonzales of St. John
Chrysostom, a Roman Catholic parish in Inglewood, California. In conclusion,
reasons why same-sex marriage is not to be legalized to the reasons: it contradicts
the Catholic doctrine, it is not beneficial, it weakens the respect of marriage, and
the Filipino mindset is still not ready for it. But while people oppose the thought of
this kind of marriage, it is hoped that homosexuals and lesbian should still be
considered with compassion and respect.
Reference:

1. https:http49180.wordpress.com/2017/11/05/position-paper-on-legalization-of-
same-sex-marriage-in-the-philippines/